Make It a Meal: 5 Easy Summer Dinner Menu Ideas
Try a week's worth of dinner ideas perfect for summertime.
We're pretty sure you have fun things you'd rather be doing this summer instead of planning meals. Good news: We've done the work for you with five easy dinner menu ideas complete with main dish and two side dish options. Each menu featured recipes you'll find in the June-July 2019 issue of Allrecipes magazine. Bonus: We're also sharing our best picks for wine or beer pairings to go with each meal. it's going to be a delicious summer!
Menu #1 Juiciest Hamburgers Ever
"No more dry, lackluster burgers. These are juicy, and spices can be easily added or changed to suit anyone's taste. Baste frequently with your favorite barbeque sauce. If you find the meat mixture too mushy, just add more bread crumbs until it forms patties that hold their shape." — Jane
Beer pick: Founders All Day IPA
"These are salmon fillets in a tasty, tangy sauce with a little heat," says recipe submitter Christine L. "It is no wonder that this is one of the most popular recipes on this site," adds HLyn76. "It is wonderful with so many layered flavors."
Wine pick: Shoofly Wine Yarra Valley Pinot Noir or other cool-climate Pinot Noir
Menu #3 Santa Maria Grilled Tri-Tip
"The town of Santa Maria, California, is home to one of America's most delicious barbecue specialties: black-on-the-outside, pink-on-the-inside, grilled beef tri-tip steak. The tri-tip is cut from the bottom sirloin, and if cooked properly produces a very flavorful, extremely juicy piece of beef." — Chef John
Wine pick: Charles & Charles or other Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Blend
"Making the most of simple, fresh ingredients found at your local Farmer's Market, these quesadillas make great appetizers or a quick and healthy meal. Serve while hot with your favorite salsa, sour cream, and guacamole." — Jennifer Baker
Wine pick: A to Z Wineworks or other Oregon Pinot Gris
Menu #5 Grilled Jamaican Jerk Pork Chops
"I like to buy a whole pork loin then cut them into chops so that I can get the thickness just right. You can also use the marinade with pork tenderloin, baby back ribs, and chicken." — Ryan Nomura
Wine pick: Cline Old Vine or other Lodi Zinfandel
Check out our collection of summer recipes.
This article originally appeared in Allrecipes Magazine